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Statesmen Station Opens at Marshall High School

photo credit: Laura Goyer

FCPS Board Chairman Ilryong Moon, FCPS FNS director Penny McConnell, School Board Members Ryan McElveen and Patty Reid, Marshall HS Principal Jay Pearson, FCPS Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza, FCPS School Board Vice Chair Tammy Kaufax … photo credit: Laura Magane Goyer

There is a change happening in the nation’s 11th largest school system … and it’s growing inside the Fairfax County’s Marshall  High School’s new cafe-style salad/sandwich/soup bar, The Statesmen Station. Recognized as a collaborative effort between the Fairfax County School Board, the Fairfax County Public School’s (FCPS) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), the volunteer advocacy group Real Food for Kids (RFFK) and Marshall High School.

On September 12, Marshall High School Principal Jay Pearson officially opened The Statesmen Station to an audience including FCPS’s new Superintendent, Karen Garza; David Esquith, Director of Safe and Healthy Students for the Department of Education; Penny McConnell, FNS Director and RFFK President JoAnne Hammermaster.

photo credit: Laura Goyer

Statesmen Station’s fresh food bar offerings … photo credit: Laura Magane Goyer

The RFFK reported on their Facebook page: “Penny McConnell spoke on the challenges a school district faces in providing variety in a menu that must meet USDA guidelines, be affordable and meet the personal, cultural and therapeutic needs of students. She recognized Dr. Janey Thornton, USDA Deputy Undersecretary who was in the audience, and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, thanking them with ‘moving nutrition forward.’”

photo credit: Laura Goyer

FCPS Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza with Marshall HS Culinary Students … photo credit: Laura Magane Goyer

On their Facebook page, “RFFK President JoAnne Hammermaster summed up the event, ‘It has been a complex process to bring this pilot program to Marshall. We have learned so much about what it takes to make this type of endeavor a success, but it comes down to the fact that FNS, the school and the people in FCPS Facilities have been willing to share in the vision of making more fresh food available to our students. There are risks and adjustments with any venture of this scope, but the exciting thing is, we did it! And it’s open! We are looking forward to the Statesmen Station being the model for further installations in the county. I think we are off to an incredibly positive start.’”

 

 

About the Author

Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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